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16 Central Pennsylvania Places to Get Great Burgers (Even Meatless) and Hot Dogs | Mimi’s Choices

Sometimes burgers are best eaten on someone else’s deck. Kick back and relax at these local hot spots and let them flip and pamper themselves with the grill. I’ve included a few “Impossible Burger” options in this list. These plant-based patties taste remarkably similar to the real thing. And I never thought I’d say this, but Red Robin makes the most delicious version of these fake meat burgers. Check out the others on this list as well.

food 101101 Chambersburg Street, Gettysburg, 717-334-6080

The locals don’t want you to know about this super trendy corner cafe. The place does not take reservations and there is often a wait at the door. Look no further than The Burger ($15.50), an 8-ounce Angus short rib and a ground beef brisket patty, patted and cooked to perfection. Smoked cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, roasted garlic aioli, and applewood-smoked bacon are also found under the brioche roll. This will blow your taste buds.


hotel next to the park3 E. Derry Road, Hershey,

Renovations have softened and refined this once smoky dive across the street from Hersheypark. The small restaurant with a people-watching porch is known for its signature smoked grilled pork and beef sandwiches made on Kaiser buns with drizzles of horseradish sauce. Sealed & Grilled ½-pound Black Angus Burgers ($11.50) include copious amounts of fresh-cut fries. Twin Coney Island hot dogs ($8) stick out from both ends of the bun. Pass by a basket of crispy, browned, beer-battered onion rings ($7.50) with spicy chipotle sauce.

New Dave & Buster's at Capital City Mall

Photos of central Pennsylvania landmarks adorn the walls of Dave & Buster’s at Capital City Mall. Oct. 18, 2018. Dan Gleiter | dgleiter@pennlive.comPENNLIVE.COM

dave & buster’s, Capital City Mall, 3503 Capital City Mall Dr., Camp Hill, 717-934-4400

Sink your teeth into these juicy grilled patties ($12.50-$15.50). The Mushroom Stout Burger is a double handful, consisting of a beef patty, butter-sautéed cremini mushrooms with caramelized onions, rich bacon jam, and a layer of Guinness-seared mozzarella. Never mind the 1000+ calories you’ll have to burn playing one of the arcade games.

16th Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant opens in Hershey

Drunk Monk Burger Wee Heavy Ale: Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms, Arugula, Rosemary Truffle Aioli, Brie Cheese, served on a Potato Roll. The 16th Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant opens in Hershey. November 16, 2018 Sean Simmers | PENNLIVE.COMPENNLIVE.COM

Iron Hill Restaurant and Brewery101 West Chocolate Avenue, Hershey Towne Square, 717-312-5164

The lively and sociable bar and restaurant are so hip and inviting that it’s impossible to walk around and find a seat without reservations on weekends. The beers are good, especially the ever-popular Lap Bar IPA, but this place is also known for having some decent and different pub food, like the best-selling pub burger ($16.95). The burger is grilled to perfection. If you like them rare, you’ll love this crimson burger loaded with crispy bacon strips, grilled onions, and smoked cheeses. Ask them to please toast the bun.

Babe's Grill House and Sports Lounge in Palmyra

Babe’s Grill House & Sports Lounge in Palmyra. 08/22/2013 Sean Simmers | THE PATRIOT-NEWSTHE PATRIOT-NEWS

Babe’s Grill House and Sports Bar, 312 E. Main St, Palmyra, 717-838-8200

When the weather is nice, the best seat in the house is outside on the enclosed patio next to the stacked stone fireplace. For a neighborhood sports bar, menu items are creative and comforting, like the mushroom truffle burger ($19), tossed with locally sourced truffle-scented mushrooms. Melted Swiss and roasted garlic aioli punctuate this succulent burger package.

newbies Burger, 2238 Derry St, Harrisburg, 717-561-0030

“The best burger in the burg” is their faithful motto. A half pound of fresh (not frozen) Angus beef makes up these huge crispy patties. If you really want to go crazy, try the Double Dribble ($17.99), which consists of two half-pound patties topped with three cheeses. Wear your favorite jerseys and watch the football on the flat-screen TVs while you munch on Touchdown, which includes blue cheese and hot sauce.

Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar, 1 N. Second St, Harrisburg, 717-237-6400

The delicious Ad Lib burger ($16) is on the dinner menu. Beneath your sturdy sea salt pretzel roll, you’ll discover a hand-grilled burger patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, and Vermont cheddar cheese.

the jackson house

Dave Kegris, Cory Kegris and Chris Kegris at the Jackson House on N. Sixth Street in Harrisburg on April 13, 2020. Joe Hermitt |

the jackson house1004 N. Sixth St, Harrisburg, 717-238-2730

The Jackson House is always a no-brainer when searching for the best burgers in the area. Grilled burgers give off barbecue aromas in the backyard of this long-standing legislative hideout. Patrons in business suits and those in T-shirts and jeans converge at lunchtime to devour delicious grilled-lick burgers topped with bacon, lettuce and tomato.

Best Eats Yum Burger

Burger Yum Applewood Smoked Bacon Double Cheeseburger at Burger Yum in Harrisburg. July 26, 2022. Sean Simmers |

yum burger, 400 N. Second St., Harrisburg, 717-727-7127

A hazy halo of smoke lingers over the open kitchen here like a backyard barbecue. Chefs at BurgerYum are encouraged to press down on the meat as they grill, resulting in very juicy char-crusted burgers (single $4.99, double $5.99). Special “Yum” sauce adds a finishing touch of rich, tangy flavor to these “delicious” burgers, made on Martin’s Potato Buns. The hand cut fries are $2.95 and the all natural beef dog is $3.97. This affordable burger joint is probably the only place that hasn’t raised its prices in the last five years.

culhane Steakhouse, 1 Laurel Rd, New Cumberland, 717-938-0930

You’ve probably passed Culhane’s Steak House hundreds of times on the way to and from Maryland via I-83. Next time, take exit 36 ​​down and head to the parking lot of this long-standing family run establishment. Since 1956, Culhane’s has been enticing customers with excellent Midwestern steaks hand-cut by an in-house butcher at an affordable price, as well as delicious burgers. My favorite here is the western burger, 1/2 pound of freshly ground beef topped with house-made crispy thin-sliced ​​onion rings, barbecue sauce, bacon, and cheddar cheese.

Ted’s Bar and Grill, 7300 Allentown Blvd., Harrisburg, 717-652-3832

The half pound premium Angus beef burgers here are phenomenal. Try the Rise and Shine Burger ($10.99), with a runny fried egg and bacon under the bun. Cooked just the way customers like it, from rare to well done, their signature burgers are packed with ingredients. One thing is for sure, these empanadas are not taken out of the freezer.

Mount Gretna Craft Brewery and Red Canoe General Store, 2701 Horseshoe Pike, Palmyra, 717-838-3545

Drive east on Route 322 to Campbelltown’s historic Leed’s Corner (Route 117 and Route 322) to find this local secret. Be sure to order the small-batch beers made on the premises, as well as the home-made pub fare once you’re seated. Rustic-industrial decor extends throughout the open restaurant. Fat, juicy double fist burgers and the best hand cut fries you’ve ever eaten await you here. The house specialty, a locally sourced artisan burger ($17.50), is enriched with smoked bacon, onion fries and beer cheese.

Burgers and gourmet Red Robin beers, 6560 Carlisle Pike Suite #450, Mechanicsburg, 717-766-5400

Pull up to any Red Robin and park in one of the curbside2go spaces. Call the number posted on the sign, place your order, and within 10-15 minutes a server shows up with your takeout bag. For an additional cost, Impossible Burgers can replace any of the Fresh Angus Beef Burgers listed under the Gourmet Burger headings. Except for a slight mushy texture, the Veggie Burger looks, tastes, and smells just like a regular beef burger. Arriving ready-to-eat in your vehicle, the burgers are half wrapped in paper.

Remodeled Flinchy's Restaurant: Cool Spaces

A look at the remodeled Flinchy’s Restaurant at 1833 Hummel Ave. in Lower Allen Township. September 25, 2018 Dan Gleiter | dgleiter@pennlive.comPENNLIVE.COM

Flinchy’s, 1833 Hummel Avenue, Camp Hill, 717-761-9000

Have some patio fun on the snuggled deck. The whistle of a train animates the courtyard with joy. Delicious 8-ounce Certified Angus beef burgers are grilled just the way you like them, from the Chesapeake burger with crumbly crab cake on top of a beef patty, to the plant-based signature Beyond Burger and topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, sliced ​​avocado, and bean sprouts. Siracha mayonnaise gives this meatless burger its spicy edge.

Duke’s Bar & Grill West, 5302 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, 717-478-3853

Dukes Bar & Grille West doesn’t have a river view like Dukes Riverside Bar & Grille in Wormleysburg, but it does have Route 581 and the commercially heavy Carlisle Pike funneling patrons to this restaurant. There are so many things on the menu that it’s mind-boggling trying to decide what to order. Stick to what they do best here: 1/2-pound fresh wood-fired Black Angus burgers with the Crisfield Burger ($16) slathered with house-made crab gravy, ham, pepper jack and cheddar cheese.

blue sky tavern

Bill Fetter, chef at The Blue Sky Tavern in Newberry Twp. He holds a tray of Baja fish tacos, House Mac and cheese, and the Just Left Chicago sandwich on July 1, 2022. Joe Hermitt |

blue Sky Tavern, 895 Old Trail Rd, Etters, 717-822-0500

Blue Sky Tavern is an easy downshift from I-83 at Old Trail Road. This rustic and popular drinking spot attracts a lively spin-off bar scene of beer, cider and mineral water aficionados who select from dozens of draft, can and bottle options. The long bar, the huge fireplace and the wooden furniture enhance the cozy and pleasant atmosphere. Head downstairs to the cavernous Honky Tonk lounge, framed by exposed stone walls and dark wood beam details. High seats line the bar counter in front of numerous draft and craft beer selections. Live bands frequent the upstairs and downstairs levels of the building and karaoke, open mic, and trivia take over the stage area when scheduled bands aren’t playing. Angus burgers, like the Yo Mamma Burger ($15) made with bacon and peanut butter and colossal battered fried onion rings, are favorites on the menu.

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